The Social Studies Department believes that creating active and involved citizens is paramount to the improvement of society. Students are expected to have both critical and interpretive skills to understand concepts such as change over time and historical patterns. Geography and citizenship is studies as the worlds we live in and how we participate in and shape them.
Elementary School - Students will explore change and connections amongst people and cultures in places and environments. Students will focus on how different groups adapt to survive in an ever-changing environment while facing difficult odds. Students will also explore their social identities in terms of their school, their families, their social-emotional development, and their roles as local and global citizens.
Middle School - Social Studies are the studies of people’s histories, cultures, and the part geography has played in their development; it is also the studies of people’s roles – both as individual as well as groups, in the world today. Social Studies courses focus on all of these areas and teach people the knowledge and skills that enable them to better understand the various elements – past and present – that shape our world. Studying Social Studies is more than just memorizing names and dates; it is understanding why the world we live in has come to be the way it is.
High School - The Social Studies Department believes that creating active and involved citizens is paramount to the improvement of society. Increases in global trade and technology demand that students have the cognitive tools to examine and analyze intercultural, political, economic, and social systems in order to engage in today’s multi-cultural world. Students are expected to have both critical and interpretive skills to understand concepts such as historical trends, economic development, foreign affairs, gender and ethnic identity, post-colonial issues, population changes, and immigration.